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ARTD3027 Specialist Practice

Module Overview

This module is one of the common core modules taken by all students on the undergraduate programmes. Whilst the learning outcomes are the same no matter which of the programmes you are following, your output from this module will reflect the media and approaches of your chosen programme. Your overall mark for Level Two makes up 33% of your final degree mark.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the critical debates prevailing in your discipline, subject area and your understanding of the positioning of your ideas and work in relation to an intended context;
  • the technical and conceptual foundation of your practice and how it is situated within a contemporary context falling within the scope of your programme of study;
  • the scope of needs and skills required to advance your ideas to more audience-aware outcomes appropriate to your discipline.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • question, test and evaluate your own work;
  • identify approaches, appropriate to your discipline, that are necessary to manifest your ideas;
  • search for and recognise innovation and originality in the use of media in which you work in your subject area;
  • identify skills and techniques and methodologies relevant to the honing of your ideas and work;
  • relate individual practice to an awareness of your subject area and to a defined context.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • perform complex skills with confidence;
  • evaluate your work;
  • develop your ideas from conception to conclusion.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use a range of technical workshop and academic skills, appropriate to your programme of study, with confidence in the realisation of your ideas;
  • be increasingly sophisticated in your use of media and techniques;
  • select and use skills to communicate increasingly ambitious ideas through visual means.


Specialist Practice 3 builds on your experiences at Levels one and two by providing a focus through which you can begin to synthesise your skills, ideas and working methods into ambitious outcomes appropriate to your discipline. Emphasis will be on analysis and the evaluation of your ideas and practice so that you can acquire the specific skills necessary to further your work. You will become aware of the importance of the detail of your work. An increasingly thorough understanding of critical thinking will help you recognise the strengths of what you are producing. The module offers the opportunity to engage with specialist staff at the forefront of your discipline. You will be encouraged to be highly independent and self-motivated, and to strive for ambition and confidence in the presentation of your work. You will continuously question and evaluate your work to arrive at increasingly focused creative outcomes which demonstrate/communicate/convey qualities of originality, coherence and detailed understanding of how to apply specific media and techniques, appropriate to your discipline and subject area, in producing complex pieces of work. Students working in the BA (Hons) Graphic Arts may produce a photographic installation, an advertising campaign or a corporate identity. Students working in the BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design may produce fashion or textile collections or fashion or, textile related accessories aimed at a fashion or interior context supported by a professionally presented portfolio. These examples are illustrative and not exhaustive. They will vary according to student choices in each academic programme. Although the work undertaken in this module may resemble output produced in previous levels the quality and depth of discipline contextual awareness will be markedly higher. The work and outcomes of this module inform and influence the focus and thinking of the Final Major Project.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • project briefings • seminars • group critiques • lectures • tutorials Learning activities include • project briefings • seminars • group critiques • peer group learning Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes In this module learning and teaching activities focus on helping you to explore and investigate ideas, methods and techniques particular to your discipline-specific practice. As in the preceding practice modules you will be encouraged to make links between methods, skills and practices, within your programme of study that you have explored and developed. To support this process you will be involved with specialist staff who will help you to advance your work in relation to current discipline-specific thinking and practices. Increasingly this will involve anticipating the issues connected to the effective completion of art and design work and its interaction with and reception by an audience. Critical contexts will be outlined through briefings and seminars. Discussion in seminars will help you to become increasingly sophisticated in your ability to communicate the processes and outcomes of your work as well as help you to evaluate your thinking and skills, whether specialist or transferable. In periods of independent study you will be guided to learn how to manage your time effectively outside the taught sessions. Feedback on your progress and development will be given during tutorial and group critiques. The formal assessment of your work will include a portfolio of work that demonstrates your experimental process, the products of your testing and examples of work which creatively address the concerns of your project.

Independent Study260
Total study time450

Resources & Reading list




Portfolio Development


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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